FBI joins investigation into Louisiana church fires

Officials suspect arson after three historic African American churches in Landry Parish have been destroyed by fire in ten days.
1:39 | 04/07/19

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Next to the string of fires in African-American churches in St. Landry parish, Louisiana. Officials are calling them very suspicious. The FBI has now joined the investigation into the cause and the motive, but local pastors there say there are similarities among all three fires. Here's ABC's Zachary kiesch. Reporter: Tonight, a community rattled by three church fires in just ten days all in the same Louisiana parish. The fires being investigated as possible arson have targeted African-American Baptist churches. Local fire marshals and federal authorities responding after the most recent inferno at mt. Pleasant Baptist church. The flames tearing through the 100-year-old house of worship. Tonight, the state's fire marshal telling ABC news that they are classifying the St. Landry parish fires as suspicious. There are absolutely suspicious elements that have led us to believe that this is a crime. Reporter: Officials saying they've discovered several common patterns with two other church fires. After seeing St. Mary's Baptist burned to the ground, remains rooted by support of faith and family. They might be able to destroy the building but the church is well intact what happens in the dark will come to light. Reporter: Police have added extra security and patrols to protect the parish's churches. Tonight, the sheriff issuing a stern warning. To the person that is doing this to these churches, I will say get ready. We're going to put the cuffs on you. Reporter: In light of these fires which have been so devastating, Tom, a number of churches are investing in security and surveillance, and encouraging other potential targets to do the same. Zachary, thank you. Next to the deadly road rage

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